I use acrylic paint on various surfaces, such as canvas, wood panels, and paper, often combining collage materials as a mid-layer.
As for subject matter, I often incorporate multiple narratives in my work that hint at personal, philosophical, literary, and political references. The desire to transform memories and personal observations into compelling images leads me to combine various objects and figures in metaphorical tableaux. In many cases, the objects appear in relationship to a main figure that is the subject of the painting. Scale is distorted to suit a symbolic order, much like the hierarchy of religious figures as seen in sixteenth-century Northern Renaissance paintings. I manipulate spatial elements in unexpected ways to make the world of my paintings seem a bit unstable and liminal. This allows hidden meanings between the objects and figures to intertwine.
The substance of the objects is important to interpretation. Glass objects are seductive because of their transparency, which distorts what lies behind the objects allowing a momentary rupture from normality. Glass implies fragility and danger, calling to mind the adage about “glass houses.” Measuring devices such as rulers, compasses, hourglasses, clocks, measuring tapes, and measuring cups bring a reassuring domesticity, yet they also serve to remind us that we might not be quite measuring up to our potential, that we have taken more than our fair share, or that the years are passing us by.
The combination of reappearing motifs within my work is a source of joy to me. One possible journey to understanding and meaning is the juncture where word, idea, and image play out in the daily dramas of life; a place where the real and the imaginary are signposts to guide us in our travels through life informing us what has meaning and what doesn’t. If my work appears labyrinthine or bewildering it is because the images are meant to act as a mirror of those aspects of our lives that are unwilling to yield important secrets, or let us view things that are too horrifying and too wonderful to gaze fully upon. In my work I hope to uncover meaning in various forms by sharing my fascinations with things unusual, beautiful, strange, dark, light, foreign, familiar, wise, and foolish. I seek a reconciliation of opposites and the potential of finding beauty as part of the outcome. There is satisfaction that comes from understanding life’s complexities that enlarges a way of living, seeing, and feeling by which we gain knowledge and insight into ourselves and the world we live in.